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Brown gets early endorsement from trial lawyers

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

Maryland’s trial lawyers want Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown to be the state’s next governor.

In a statement released Tuesday, Maryland Association for Justice said it held one-on-one interviews with each potential gubernatorial candidate and chose to endorse Brown, a Democrat.

Bruce Plaxen, chairman of the organization’s political action committee, said in a statement that the endorsement was “unanimous.”

“Anthony Brown has a proven and exemplary record as a delegate and lieutenant governor standing up for all Marylanders and in support of the civil justice system,” the statement said. “The Maryland Association for Justice is committed to keeping families safe and Anthony Brown shares that vision for Maryland. We urge all our members and the public to support Anthony Brown for governor.”

Brown this month became the first 2014 hopeful to announce his candidacy. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, a Republican, and Republican Del. Ronald A. George of Anne Arundel County intend to announce their candidacy next week.

Other Republican candidates could include former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino (who lost a U.S. Senate bid last year) Larry Hogan (a former cabinet secretary for Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. who now runs Change Maryland) and Blaine R. Young, president of the Frederick County commissioners.

Other possible Democratic contenders include Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (who has said he may not officially announce his decision on whether to run until this fall), Howard County Executive Ken Ulman (who is reportedly in talks to join Brown’s ticket), U.S. Rep C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger and Del. Heather R. Mizeur, a Montgomery County Democrat.